Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is searching for a Chief
Legal Counsel to lead the Office of Laboratory Counsel at one of
the worlds leading research institutions. As an integral member of
Berkeley Labs executive leadership team, the Chief Counsel serves
as advisor to Laboratory leaders on significant strategic
initiatives, carefully evaluates and assesses legal and other risk
in context of the Labs mission objectives, mentors and leads a team
of dedicated legal and regulatory professionals, and serves as a
laboratory champion of ethical standards. This is a unique
opportunity to lead a vital in-house legal department in an
intellectually stimulating, cutting-edge research environment at
one of the crown jewels of federal science research.
Berkeley Lab has a dynamic workforce of about 4,000 employees
and an annual operating budget of approximately $1.1 billion. The
University of California (UC) manages Berkeley Lab for the
Department of Energys (DOE) Office of Science. The Chief Legal
Counsel reports directly to the Laboratory Director with a dual
reporting relationship to the UC General Counsel and Vice President
of Legal Affairs; this position is a member of UC Legal and
ultimately represents the Regents of the University of
What You Will Do:
Responsible for advising Berkeley Lab's management on a broad
range of legal matters, including:
- Adherence to UC/DOE contract requirements, and compliance with
applicable laws, regulations, and UC/Berkeley Lab policies and
- Employment, personnel and labor matters;
- Environmental, health and safety matters, including CEQA, NEPA
and other land use issues;
- Capital projects and improvements, including construction
subcontracting and claims;
- Subcontracts for the procurement of goods and services,
intellectual property licenses and agreements, memoranda of
understanding and other agreements and documents;
- Litigation, grievances, arbitrations and claims;
- Regulatory/compliance audits and investigations;
- Sponsored projects and grants, international collaborations
- Strategies and communications in response to public and/or
community relations issues;
- Response to subpoenas, legal inquiries and public records
- DOE Orders relating to proper conduct of research;
- Aligning UC orders and policy with DOE prime contract
- Mission-critical strategic initiatives as they arise.
Identify risks to the Laboratory and develop plans and/or
processes to minimize or eliminate the risks.
Retain and manage all outside counsel hired to provide legal
advice and representation on selected matters, including
prosecution, defense and settlement of lawsuits, claims, disputes
Manage the Office of Laboratory Counsel, including: supervision
of general law attorneys, patent attorneys, Office of Export
Controls, paralegals and support staff; compliance with applicable
laws, regulations and policies; and manage department budget.
Serve on various Laboratory committees as requested, including
Investigations Workgroup for Whistleblower/Whistleblower
Protection, Ethics and Compliance Risk, Conflict of Interest,
Crisis Action Team, and Internal Audit.
Apprise the UC General Counsel of all material developments at
the Laboratory affecting the legal rights, obligations,
opportunities and risks of the University and/or otherwise bearing
on the representation of The Regents.
Serve as the Laboratory Risk Manager and local liaison to the UC
Office of Risk Services and provide counsel and advice to
Laboratory management regarding insurance, indemnity and risk
Keep informed of existing and emerging legislative issues,
statutes, decisions, and regulations, and provide advice to
Laboratory management on potential impacts to the organization.
Interact and coordinate with DOE and UC on selected legal and
other matters as appropriate.
What is Required:
LLB/JD degree from accredited law school, member in good
standing in the California Bar with admission to practice law (or
willingness to become a member of the California Bar), and at least
15 years of relevant experience.
In-depth expertise providing advice and counsel reflecting sound
and ethical legal and professional judgment. Proven ability to
assess short-term and long-term legal and business challenges and
risks, identify opportunities for operational improvement, and to
conceptualize and recommend strategies to accomplish business
Experience in adversity leadership; ability to proactively
identify and/or manage crises and controversies effectively.
Litigation experience, including working knowledge and expertise
in alternative dispute resolution and mediation. Established record
managing and providing cost-effective oversight of retained outside
Previous experience managing a high-performing legal counsel
office and cultivating environments with a shared sense of mission
and proven commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
Prior experience representing the interests of an organization
through interactions with federal, state, and local agencies.
Sound knowledge and understanding of applicable laws and
Inspiring, visionary and collaborative leader who can influence
others to achieve common goals by engaging and developing robust
relationships with stakeholders.
Demonstrated abilities as a skilled communicator with
exceptional interpersonal, relationship building, advocacy and
negotiation skills applied across a broad spectrum of constituents
Commitment to upholding the Labs stewardship responsibilities,
especially with regard to the Labs research, people, and resources,
and ensuring that it remains a valuable national asset.
Expertise and experience managing a legal counsel office in an
organization that provides services to the federal government.
Experience working in an organization with a strong academic
and/or research mission.
Familiarity with UC and/or DOE policies and processes for
conflicts of interest, business practices, contracting.
For full consideration, please submit your CV and letter of
interest by January 18, 2021.
This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid)
from overtime pay.
This is a career position that is appointed by and serves at the
discretion of the Laboratory Director, and this appointment is at
will and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.
This position is subject to the financial disclosure
requirements of the California Political Reform Act of 1974. The
successful candidate for this position will be required to file
financial interest statements upon assuming this position, annually
while holding this position, and when leaving this position.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any
convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate
to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a
conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant
from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National
Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants
will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,
color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national
origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab
is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination
Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4. Click here (
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/posters ) to view the poster and
supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory encourages applications
from women, minorities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups
presently considering scientific research careers.
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